After the HCN broke the news of a planned protest on the square and a federal lawsuit that would be filed against County Clerk Katie Lang by two men who were refused a same-sex marriage license, Lang backed down, but blamed the media for the controversy. She posted a message on her website stating that as soon as the proper forms are available, her office will begin issuing the licenses. Lang said that, due to her religious beliefs, she will not issue the licenses herself, but will allow staffers to do so. On Monday, Lang told the HCN, as well as several major media outlets, that she would not issue the licenses because of her faith. Her stance received national coverage. She was asked by the HCN on Monday why staffers couldn’t issue them, but she stated that her staffers are “religious” also. In the posted statement, Lang claims that “some have misreported and misconstrued my prior statements. I want to make it clear that the County Clerk’s office of Hood County will comply with the recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.” A story about Lang’s former stance and the men who were denied a marriage license is in Wednesday’s issue of the HCN.
Two Stephenville High School students who were in an eastbound 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup that left the roadway at about 6 p.m. Tuesday and came to rest upside down in a culvert beside Highway 377 West a little over a mile west of Loop 567 were uninjured. Nico Madrid, 18, was the driver and Mia Monrreal, 15, was the lone passenger in the one-vehicle accident, officials at the scene said.
An Austin law firm will be filing a federal lawsuit against Hood County Clerk Katie Lang on behalf of James Cato and his partner, Joe Stapleton, who were denied a same-sex marriage license even though the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriage is legal. “Sometimes you’ve got to take a stand in life,” Cato said when he contacted the HCN about the planned legal action.
A gathering to protest County Clerk Katie Lang’s refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses is planned for 11:30 a.m. Thursday (July 2) on the square, according to the “Hood Co. Equality” Facebook page. Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex unions are legal, Lang is refusing to issue the licenses because of her religious beliefs. Based on postings to the Facebook page, some who are protesting Lang’s decision have been phoning her offices. There are two locations. One is on West Bridge Street by Granbury City Hall, The other is inside the Hood County Justice Center.
Fort Worth & Western Railroad workers have been summoned to Cresson to repair a problem with the train track where it crosses Highway 377, which made the outside lane on the southbound side impassable as of about noon, according to emergency scanner traffic. Also, TxDOT workers have been requested to respond to shut down the lane until repairs can be completed.
Weatherford College nursing instructor James Cato says County Clerk Katie Lang should resign because of her refusal to grant same-sex marriage licenses despite last week’s Supreme Court ruling prohibiting bans on gay unions. Lang is citing religious beliefs, and support from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Cato was rebuffed when he phoned Lang’s office Monday to get a marriage license for him and his longtime partner. A woman posted on Facebook that her daughter was turned down for a license as well. County Commissioner Steve Berry said commissioners have been deluged with emails demanding that Lang step down. A full story about the the situation is in the Wednesday (July 1) issue of the HCN.
— Man says Hood County Clerk’s Office refused to issue him same-sex marriage license. County Clerk Katie Lang said it’s because of her religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such licenses must be granted.
— 34-year-old Tolar man gets 60-year prison sentence for producing child pornography. Some images show the man in sexual contact with victims.
— 33-year Hood County man facing 20 years in prison found dead in his cell from apparent suicide by hanging.
— Many area lakes are not usable because of flooding, but Lake Granbury is full and open for the 4th of July weekend. Officials expect up to 100,000 people in Granbury to celebrate the holidays.
The Melody Belles women’s choral group will present a free concert on Saturday, July 4 at 6 p.m. The performance is in the air-conditioned Langdon Center Concert Hall. The choral group will perform some of their musical favorites.